Dec 24, 2012 5:30am PST
>> the u.n. envoy to syria holds talks with president bashar al- assad and hopes to find a solution to end the violence. hello. the other top stories from al jazeera -- another insider attack in afghanistan. the u.s. contractor is killed. plus -- india's prime minister appeals for calm after a second day of violent street protests. plus, bringing life to the desert. qatar brings ca hopes for those struggling to grow their own food. syria's president bashar al- assad says his government will do whatever it can to end the crisis in syria. his comments on state tv followed a meeting of the u.n. peace envoy to syria lakdar brahimi. he also says he is cooperating with lakdar brahimi, who is on a two-day visit. it coincides with a missile strike. scores of civilians killed in the attack. in the northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward.
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
half a million people have fled syria in more than two years of fighting. there was a quick visit to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solution that is acceptable puts an end to killing of syrians. any solution that does not begin with assad stepping down is rejected and we will oppose it. >> he has no intention of stepping down. but he reportedly told brahimi that he would be willing to cooperate to find solution, but if you ask the opposition, they believe it is the assad government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
. this kind of demonstration does not express always the true feelings. >> syria's main opposition body says that any future transitional government has to exclude president assad. the national coalition was responding to the call for a transitional unity government. badahimi's suggestion was the same as in june. >> the government with full executive power is a very simple understandable statement which means that all the authority of the state should be possess bdity government. -- should billion possessed by the -- should be possessed by the government. parliamenttary if that was the agreement. >> the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation. mouhammad, leaders of the opposition national salvation front, two lawyers complained about them after they kaled for anti-government protest. the public presidentor was appointed last month as part of the president's decree. the former president has been transferred to a military hospital from his prison cell. it's the second time the 84-year-old has been moved. he is serving a life sentence for not stopping the killing in 2011. mahmoud ahmadin